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REACTION | Cameron Norman: “Hopefully this can be the start of a good run for us"

20 September 2021


REACTION | Cameron Norman: “Hopefully this can be the start of a good run for us"

20 September 2021

Newport County AFC defender Cameron Norman believes the Exiles can use their win over Walsall to ignite a good run of form.

Goals from Mickey Demetriou and James Clarke saw County get back on track with a 2-1 victory over the Saddlers at Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon.

It ensured the Exiles pick up their first league win of the campaign on home soil after a draw with Leyton Orient and defeat against Northampton Town in their previous two outings.

County had secured eight points from their opening seven league fixtures - five of those have come on the road - prior to Walsall's visit to south Wales, but Norman says they can use the win over Matt Taylor's side to kick-start their campaign.

"We needed that bounce back. The gaffer mentioned that it was important to get a result and a good performance which we were missing on Tuesday," said Norman.

"I thought we were brilliant in the first half and we probably should’ve led by a few but we kept going until the end and got our reward for it. Everyone’s buzzing with the result so hopefully this can be the start of a good run for us.”

Norman played a part in helping the Exiles get back to winning ways against his former club, where he spent more than two years, by providing the cross for Clarke's late header.

The pair both made the switch to Rodney Parade after departing the Saddlers in the summer window, but Norman says he had no qualms about getting one over on his former club.

"That added that little bit of sweetness to the win," added Norman.

"We have a laugh and a joke about it but there’s nothing really there in all honesty, if it was against any other team in the league then we’d both be equally as buzzing. It’s one to have a laugh at but we’re delighted no matter what at the end of the day.

"It was one of those ones where you just couldn’t write it before the game. We had a laugh and a joke when we came in together and we’ll probably make a few jokes about that before we start preparing for the next game.

"We’ve had a bit of stick from the boys about it being a big game against an old club but it’s just like any other game and we’re really happy with the outcome."

The Exiles will have the opportunity to build on the win when they round off September with a trip to Barrow on Friday night before back-to-back home fixtures at Rodney Parade in October.

"It’s been a tough start because of the travelling and that’s not me making excuses but we’ve been dealt that challenging hand with the teams we’ve faced away from home. But hopefully today has given us a good footing to go on and climb the table now.”

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